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25 May

Take a Deep Breath In: 5 Ways to Deepen Ministry Through Contemplation

“[Contemplation] is very far from being just one kind of thing that Christians do: it is the key to prayer, liturgy, art and ethics, the key to the essence of a renewed humanity that is capable of seeing the world and other subjects in the world with freedom—freedom from self-oriented, acquisitive habits and the distorted understanding that comes from them. To put it boldly, contemplation is the only ultimate answer to the unreal and insane world that our financial systems and our advertising culture and our chaotic and unexamined emotions encourage us to inhabit. To learn contemplative practice is to learn what we need so as to live truthfully and honestly and lovingly. It is a deeply revolutionary matter.”–Archbishop Rowan Williams

In the Psalms we read the often-quoted verse of “Be still and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10). In our everyday lives it's not always easy to be intentionally still.

23 May

They Kept Coming Back: How to Change a Prison

A local Free Methodist church working with CRM’s reFocusing team discovered they had several law-enforcement people in their congregation. This was news to them. At the same time, they discovered there were three prisons within their city limits. So they chose to make the correctional officers at one of these prisons their first “strategic initiative” to demonstrate the good news of Jesus outside of their church walls.

19 May

Weeds of Faith [Devotional]

Are you familiar with the parable of the mustard seed? Jesus’s disciples are questioning “why they couldn’t drive out the demon?” Jesus answers with this: “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here, to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20).

All my life I grew up thinking about that little mustard seed and what could be accomplished with such little faith. I would like to share what I’ve learned about that little seed and why these words from Jesus meant so much to the disciples he was talking to, starting with something that surprised me.

16 May

Standing With My Neighbors: Justice in Miami

Our InnerCHANGE Miami team is located in Coconut Grove, a once bustling Bahamian community of 30,000 Afro-Carribean residents—now home to less than 3,000. Our streets show the telltale signs of “renovation” and “revival,” with brightly colored, shotgun-style Bahamian homes torn down as sleek, modern condos rapidly take their place.

11 May

Deeper Hospitality: Beyond a Plate of Cookies

Growing up in the church, I noticed that those said to have the “spiritual gift of hospitality” seemed to exist in one specific category: women who were exceptional cooks. In fact, it was hard not to picture wearing an apron as a prerequisite for God to bestow this particular ability. While I confess to having my own spiritual experiences upon devouring a homemade chocolate chip cookie still warm from the oven, I have learned there is much more to this life-giving charism.

09 May

Making Space for the Unexpected: A Lesson in Evangelism

When God led us to this house, we knew there was some kind of anointing on it, and that it would be the hub of ministry as we formed missional community. We used the house for hospitality so much that we knew we needed to expand, increase the flow, rearrange the walls.

When the contractor came over to look at doing those things, he told us we needed to fix the house’s foundations. So we broke ground in the coldest part of winter. They cut ten giant holes in our floors and dug all the way down to the bedrock fifteen feet below the house, putting in concrete and rebar pillars and literally getting the house on a firm foundation. In the process, we discovered that there was black mold underneath everything. We ended up ripping out every square inch of the floor.

This had become a much bigger project than we had ever anticipated.

04 May

The Mission of God and the Human Redemptive Priority [Video]

The Mission of God is the committed participation of God’s people in the purposes of God for the redemption of the whole creation. –Christopher Wright, The Mission of God

02 May

"Nothing Is Ever Straightforward": The Work of Building Gospel Movements

Our work focuses on making disciples who make disciples who plant churches… everywhere.*

We do this through forming teams of Christians who actively pursue forming Discovery Bible Studies among people far from God, helping those groups multiply into social networks, and beginning to help those groups form new churches. It’s pretty straightforward, as you can see in the diagram.

27 Apr

Peace for the Persecuted: Creating Hope for Christian Refugees

There are certain emotions that are just palpable. Relief is one of them. When fear and apprehension leave a person’s body, it can literally change the air in the room. That’s what I observed late one night in the Phoenix Airport terminal.

24 Apr

Waking the Sleeping Giant: Praying for Gospel Movement [Video]

"Crime is really dropping. Something's going on..."

"Be careful what you pray for, because things seem to happen when you pray..."

Something is happening among believers in the UK: God is stirring people to pray for transformation in their neighborhoods and country, and a network of intercessors with a Kingdom vision is coming together. Gospel movements begin with prayer, and this video chronicles the emergence of one of those movements through the passionate and faithful prayers of God's people in the churches.